Steve Keim has tough roster decisions to make for the Arizona Cardinals

Steve Keim has tough roster decisions to make for the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have some tough decisions to make coming up in the next couple of weeks, but when looking back, have the Cardinals made any bad cuts before the free agency period that you can remember?

Maybe not going way, way back, but just in the last five years have the Cardinals missed on cutting a player?

I was trying to remember back and the Cardinals have a handy transaction tracker on their website, and the most noteworthy move they have made, at least recently, is Ted Ginn.

Sure, they traded Jonathan Cooper, but that was part of the Chandler Jones package and it wasn’t like Cooper found his footing in New England or Cleveland.

Ginn was immediately successful again, but he just never worked out, unfortunately, for the Cardinals, but is that “worst” cut Steve Keim has made?

Maybe William Gay?

That’s the thing this time of year, this is the first time we’re talking starters that could be released by the Arizona Cardinals.

Keim is going to have a harder time this offseason, as he stares down the barrel of cutting Tyrann Mathieu, Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati.

Does he blink?

Does he have a plan in place?

It’s going to be an intriguing offseason when we find out.

Cardinals awarded three compensatory NFL draft picks

Cardinals awarded three compensatory NFL draft picks


azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Arizona Cardinals and the ongoing search for a quarterback in our Shot Clock video.

The Cardinals have been awarded three compensatory selections in this year’s NFL draft due, the league announced on Friday.

The Cardinals will have additional selections in the third, fourth and seventh rounds as compensation for suffering losses in free agency a year.

Five defensive starters from 2016 left via free agency, including defensive end Calais Campbell and safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger.

Statistically, the Cardinals’ 2017 defense didn’t suffer, finishing with nearly similar statistics as it did in 2016.

The Cardinals traded offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom to the Ravens last September for a conditional seventh-round pick. But Bergstrom played in just four games for the Ravens, so the Cardinals did not receive the draft pick in return.

The Cardinals previously traded their fourth-round pick to the Bears to move up to draft safety Budda Baker a year ago. They traded their sixth-round pick to the Saints for running back Adrian Peterson and their seventh-rounder to the Chiefs for cornerback Marcus Cooper in 2016.

Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. 

NFL MOCK DRAFT: Barkley, Rosen at top of Bob McManaman’s second edition

Cardinals draft picks

The Cardinals have at least seven picks in the draft: One in each of the first two rounds, two in the third round, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the seventh. 




Bird Droppings: New coaches with the Arizona Cardinals, mock drafts and more news from around the web

Bird Droppings: New coaches with the Arizona Cardinals, mock drafts and more news from around the web

Happy Thursday one and all.

Hope your week is going well.

The NFL Combine is right around the corner, we’ll have a little on that over the next couple of days, but on Saturday we will have a special open thread. We will be asking for your questions you want to ask prospects.

It can be a specific question for a specific prospect or just general questions you’d like to see asked.

Keep them in mind and on Saturday post in the open thread.

Onto the news on the Arizona Cardinals.

The Nomadic Life Of NFL Coaches
Cross-country move nothing new to Cardinals assistants

Cardinals Blogs
Waiting to see the offensive philosophy

If Kirk Cousins wants to win, some teams just don’t make sense – Washington Redskins Blog- ESPN
Two teams that reached conference championship games might be interested in Kirk Cousins. Others will likely offer bigger contracts.

Mel Kiper’s second mock has Cardinals drafting wide receiver
Could the Arizona Cardinals pick Alabama’s Calvin Ridley to be the heir-apparent to Larry Fitzgerald? Mel Kiper seems to think so in his latest mock draft.

Franchise tag period begins, Cardinals not expected to use it | Cards Wire
They do not see any of their free agents as top players in the league, unlike last year when they used it on Chander Jones.

Cardinals take OL in new mock draft after signing free agent QB | Cards Wire
They go with Texas’ Connor Williams

Cardinals make huge trade back in 1st round in new Draft Wire mock draft | Cards Wire
The pick up an extra second-round pick trading back and still land Lamar Jackson. This might be a perfect mock draft.

Mel Kiper’s new mock draft gives Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald’s replacement | Cards Wire
Calvin Ridley is the pick for the Cardinals at No. 15.

Offensive line prospect Kolton Miller offers versatility for Cardinals | Cards Wire
He has played both right tackle and left tackle, and he comes from a pro offense.

PODCAST: 2018 Cardinals free agency preview (part 1)

PODCAST: 2018 Cardinals free agency preview (part 1)

Free agency is just around the corner. The Arizona Cardinals have a number of things they must do with free agency, and they have 19 players who will be unrestricted free agents. In the latest edition of the Rise Up, See Red podcast, Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I go through the Cardinals roster and break down their situation as free agency approaches.

We go through each pending free agent on the roster and determine whether they should come back or head somewhere else.

Then we go through position by position and break down the approach the team should take. Do they need to spend some money? Do they simply need depth? Do they need to address it at all?

Enjoy the best hour of Cardinals talk on the web!

Here are the approximate time stamps for the topics of discussion:

(3:08) Which of the Cardinals free agents should leave and which should be re-signed?

(35:42) How do the Cardinals need to address the offensive side of the ball in free agency?

(47:27) How do the Cardinals need to address each position on defense in free agency?

Make sure to subscribe to the show on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio.

Cardinals take OL in new mock draft after signing free agent QB

Cardinals take OL in new mock draft after signing free agent QB

The quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL draft are projected to come off the board quickly. The Arizona Cardinals, who need a quarterback, probably will not have the top prospects available when they pick at No, 15 overall.

In the latest mock draft from CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, four quarterbacks are taken in the first six selections. However, the Cardinals have already taken care of that need in free agency.

They take offensive tackle Connor Williams out of Texas.

The Cardinals in this scenario have already acquired their quarterback, presumably via free agency, and need to provide some protection up front for whoever that mystery quarterback is.

This scenario works well. If they acquire a starter, especially one who can take care of more than one season, it makes sense to go with another position, And with Jared Veldheer in the final year of his deal and also being 30 years old, the Cardinals need to look to the future at tackle.

Williams is one of the top five at his position in the draft, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, and one of three tackles who probably will be selected in the first round.

As for the rest of Brinson’s mock, the Buffalo Bills shake things up by trading up to the fifth spot. Lamar Jackson, another quarterback, does get selected in the first round after the Cardinals make their selection. The former Heisman winner goes to the New Orleans Saints at No. 27.

Listen to the latest from Cards Wire’s Jess Root on the Rise Up, See Red podcast. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio.

Bird Droppings: Cardinals lose coach, quarterback carousel and more news

Bird Droppings: Cardinals lose coach, quarterback carousel and more news

Happy Wednesday one and all.

Hope your week is going well. It is a slow news time right now with not much coming out about the Arizona Cardinals.

However, there is still some news from around the web to get your week started.

Former Cardinals assistant Brentson Buckner hooks on with Buccaneers
After serving for five years on Bruce Arians’ coaching staff in Arizona, Brentson Buckner has landed a new job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cardinals’ odds of signing Kirk Cousins getting longer | Cards Wire
The odds are now up to 15/2 after being 4/1.

Former Cardinals DL coach lands with Buccaneers | Cards Wire
Brentson Buckner was a player favorite in his time with the Cardinals.

Washington Post mock draft says Cardinals take QB Lamar Jackson | Cards Wire
The exciting, young QB gets taken higher than many believe he should.

5 RB for Cardinals fans to watch at NFL combine | Cards Wire
The Cardinals don’t have a huge need at the running back position, but they likely have their eye on a few in a deep draft class.

Mike Mayock’s top 5 tackles include at least three 1st-round options for Cardinals | Cards Wire
Arizona has options at tackle in the first three rounds.

Cardinals can consider G Josh Sitton in free agency | Cards Wire
The 31-year-old guard will become a free agent after the Bears will not pick up the final year of his contract.

Arizona Cardinals should inquire about Kansas City corner
The Arizona Cardinals should consider dealing for Marcus Peters if the rumors about the cornerback’s availability are true

Arizona Cardinals would be smart to sign Josh McCown
With no quarterback on their current roster, Arizona Cardinals should look to veteran Josh McCown